During the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympic Winter Games, most athletes will be eating at restaurants in the two Olympic villages in PyeongChang and Gangneung, where the Olympics will take place from Feb. 9-25, followed by the 10-day Paralympics, which will kick off on March 9.
Food safety inspectors monitor samples of food and beverage for athletes on Monday at a laboratory vehicle set up near the Olympic Village restaurant in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety
The food and beverage to be offered to athletes, staff and Olympic officials from around the world will be monitored at every stage before serving to ensure safety and quality, according to the PyeongChang Organizing Committee and the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
During a press tour Monday at PyeongChang’s Olympic village, the committee and ministry officials monitored the food safety system that is set to start running ahead of the Olympics. Around 5,000 athletes -- 3,700 in PyeongChang and 2,500 in Gangneung -- will be eating at the village restaurants, where a total of 15,000 servings will be prepared daily.
In order to eliminate the risk of food poisoning, food safety management groups and the internal Food Safety Expert Committee will be on site to conduct inspections of produce and ingredients, and each of the cooking facilities installed at the village restaurants before and after the cooking process.
The groups and the committee consists of food safety experts from the government, universities and private sector, the organizing committee said.
“The multicultural buffet-style restaurants will be serving up a total of 450 kinds of foods, four times a day, including Korean, Western, Asian and halal cuisines during the Olympics,” one of the food safety committee’s officials told The Korea Herald during the tour.